Rather than delaying his decision until August, Lakewood (Cali.) Mayfair safety Chris Adimora brought his recruitment to a close on Sunday afternoon and the Texas Longhorns benefited from that change of plans, as Adimora is now the latest addition to head coach Tom Herman’s 2019 class, he announced on Instagram.
The top-ranked safety prospect in California, Adimora had a top seven featuring Texas, Boise State, USC, UCLA, Alabama, Michigan, and Oregon. Of that bunch, only Boise State has hosted Adimora for an official visit, as the Broncos did so just weeks ago on June 15. Despite Boise State being a major player in his recruitment and being the most recent to welcome him for a visit — official or otherwise — it wasn’t enough to prevent Adimora from bringing his recruitment to an early close and calling the Forty Acres home.
Although the timeframe was a bit unexpected, as he was initially set to announce his commitment in August, the tea leaves have pointed towards Texas in recent weeks. After visiting Texas for the spring game on April 21, all five of Adimora’s Crystal Ball projections were placed throughout May, and each favored the Longhorns.
Now that those projections have proven true, Adimora becomes the Longhorns first safety pledge this cycle, although he joins four-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson cornerback Kenyatta Watson II as Texas’ defensive back takes thus far this cycle. Furthermore, he joins elite Westlake (Calif.) Village linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd as California product’s currently committed to Texas.
A fast-rising prospect, Adimora was ranked No. 307 nationally and as the No. 23 safety just weeks ago when he announced his top seven, but is now up more than 100 spots to No. 200 nationally, and No. 14 at his position.
Listed at 6’1, 195 pounds, Adimora is a hard-hitting talent with a knack for finding the ball in coverage. As a junior, he totaled 71 tackles and returned seven interceptions for 205 yards. He also played wide receiver, where he hauled in 29 receptions for 555 yards and four scores.
The 11-man Texas class is now ranked No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.
- Tyler Johnson — 5-star OT
- Jordan Whittington — 4-star WR
- De’Gabriel Floyd — 4-star OLB
- Jake Smith — 4-star WR
- Kenyatta Watson II — 4-star CB
- Chris Adimora — 4-star S
- Roschon Johnson — 4-star QB
- Brayden Liebrock — 4-star TE
- Peter Mpagi — 3-star WDE
- T’Vondre Sweat — 3-star SDE
- Jared Wiley — 3-star TE